Five years after his death, friends, family and community members last night flocked to the north side of Bernal Hill Park for a gathering in remembrance of Alex Nieto. More than 100 people hiked their way up Bernal Hill, stopping at the site where Nieto was gunned down after an encounter with the San Francisco Police Department. The place was marked by a mound of rocks adorned with flowers and posters.
With Nieto’s parents in tow, the group hugged it out, ate pizza and marched sunward toward a bench where community groups are planning a memorial installation.
The event began at 6 p.m. and concluded shortly after sundown.
Nieto died at the lower end of the north side of Bernal Hill in March 2014. A lawsuit followed. Organizers also successfully petitioned city supervisors to allow an installation at the park.
Benjamin Bac Sierra, one of the organizers at the event, said the final meeting for the installation is scheduled for April 4 with the Parks and Recreation Department Operations Committee. If allowed, the installation could be built and in place by September.